Apply for International Admission

Step 1: Apply for Admission at Hawkeye

Complete an Application for Admission.

If your goal is to eventually complete a Bachelor’s Degree in the United States please list your major as Liberal Arts.

Step 2: Academic Requirements for International Students

English Proficiency

International students from countries where English is not a native language, must submit official TOEFL or an Alternative English option for acceptance. Official means the testing company must send the scores directly to the college.

Students from one of the following countries where English is the native language are not required to submit proof of English proficiency:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Commonwealth Caribbean countries:
    • Anguilla
    • Antigua
    • the Bahamas
    • Barbados
    • Belize
    • British Virgin Islands
    • Bermuda
    • Cayman Islands
    • Dominica
    • Grenada
    • Guyana
    • Jamaica
    • Montserrat
    • St. Kitts and Nevis
    • St. Lucia
    • St. Vincent
    • Trinidad and Tobago
    • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Ireland
  • New Zealand
  • United Kingdom
    • England
    • Northern Ireland
    • Scotland
    • Wales
  • United States

Reading, Writing, and Math Proficiency

Assessment scores in reading, math, and writing will be used to place you in coursework at Hawkeye.

Your math SAT or ACT will be used for course placement. If you took TOEFL or IELTS you can be assessed in the area of math upon arrival. If you choose to take the ACCUPLACER assessment, please complete all three sections; Reading, Writing, and Math.

Your TOEFL and ACCUPLACER assessment requirements may be waived if you have successfully completed the following college level courses at an accredited United States Educational Institution:

  1. English Composition course (face-to-face),
  2. Transfer level Math course, and
  3. College level reading course (face-to-face).

These requirements will be waived only after Hawkeye Community College has received and evaluated an official transcript from the issuing institution.

Your assessment results must be sent directly from the testing company to Hawkeye Community College Admissions to be official. Please request these early.

Step 3: Documentation

Current Passport and Visa

Upload the following documents:

  1. A scanned color copy of the ID/photo page in your passport
  2. Your F-1 Visa page if you are a transfer student


Upload two months of bank statements dated within the past three months showing a balance of $19,620 USD (minus any scholarships you have been offered by Hawkeye within the last three months). Visit for a currency converter.

The statement must include an official bank stamp verifying authenticity.

The owner of the account (if not the student) needs to write a letter agreeing to cover expenses while you attend Hawkeye. See cost of attendance.

Upload Documentation [SECURE]

Step 4: Secondary School Transcripts

Send transcripts and proof of completion/diploma/certificates to Hawkeye Community College.

Hawkeye Community College
Office of Admissions
1501 East Orange Rd
PO BOX 8015
Waterloo, IA 50704, USA
319-296-1651 (fax)

See mailing options. Also see Foreign Diploma and Transcript Evaluation.

Step 5: Purchase Health Insurance

International students who attend Hawkeye Community College are required to purchase insurance as a condition of enrollment. Each international student will automatically be charged for this plan at the beginning of each semester (summer included if registered for the subsequent fall semester).

Complete the Health Insurance Form [pdf] and email to

Step 6: Your Admission Acceptance Notification

After we have received and reviewed your application materials, we will send you a written notification to the email provided in your application once the admission decision has been made.

Hawkeye Community College will consider admission to International student applicants under the age of 18 on a case by case basis.

Step 7: Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20)

Transferring from Another U.S. Institution?

Official transcripts from all previous U.S. higher education institutions will be required for acceptance to Hawkeye Community College.

Print a School Transfer Form [pdf] and have your current institution’s International Student Advisor/Designated School Official fill out the form and return it to the address listed on the form.

All financial obligations must be satisfied (your bill must be paid in full) at your current school prior to being issued an I-20 by Hawkeye Community College.

Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20) Important Notes

Once you have been admitted you will be provided your Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20). See mailing options.

To apply for an F-1 student visa you will need to take your Form 1-20 and any other required materials for your visa appointment to a United States Embassy or Consulate in your home country. The F-1 student visa is required for you to enter the United States as a student.

Check the website of the Embassy or Consulate office you will visit for specific requirements needed to apply for an F-1 student visa.

International students are required to attend the educational institution designated on the Form I-20 and are expected to complete at least one semester at that institution prior to requesting transfer to any other educational institution.

If you choose to attend another institution after Hawkeye Community College has issued a Form I-20 you will need to contact us immediately so that it may be corrected in SEVIS.

Coming from Home?

If you are coming from home; after you have been admitted and received the form I-20, pay the SEVIS fee PRIOR to your visa appointment.

After the payment is processed, you will receive a receipt which you need to print out since it may be requested at the port of entry in the United States. The receipt is available only immediately after the payment is complete, and you will not be able to reprint it again. Schedule a Visa interview and take the SEVIS 901 receipt to the Visa appointment.

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Important Deadlines

If you are applying from home, please start the process early. You will need to plan ahead for visa appointments and travel arrangements.

Fall 2023 Semester


Priority Admission Application Materials Due Date

Recommended deadline for students with initial I-20. If you would like to start classes August 16, complete an International Student Application for Admission and submit required materials by 4:30pm CST. Students with initial status are still in their home country and need to apply for a student F-1 visa.


Priority Admission Application Materials Due

If you are currently in the United States in an active F-1 status at a SEVP accredited school and would like to start classes August 16, complete an International Student Application for Admission and submit required materials by 4:30pm CST.


Fall 2023 Semester Begins

See Registering for Classes. All international students must arrive to campus prior to this date. Late start acceptance and enrollment is not an option for international students.

Contact Information

International Student Services

Hawkeye Center 208
telephone (voice):
+1 319-296-4014
+1 319-296-1028
Email International Student Services

Mailing Address

Hawkeye Community College
International Student Admissions
1501 East Orange Road
P.O. Box 8015
Waterloo, IA 50704-8015

See Mailing Options

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